DR Congo urged to do more to fight impunity ahead of electionsListen /
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo need to do more to fight against impunity ahead of general elections expected to take place between 2014 and 2016.
That's the conclusion of a report released by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the country on Wednesday.
The report examines human rights violations documented by the UN from 1 October 2011 to 31 January 2012 in the context of the presidential and legislative elections.
It stresses the importance of prosecuting those responsible for these violations which included attacks by civilians on other civilians as well as by members of the security forces.
The report acknowledges that Congolese authorities have taken some measures to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed during the electoral period in 2011.
However, it calls on the authorities to take measures to ensure that the upcoming elections will take place in a peaceful manner, in an environment conducive to the respect of human rights.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.